Audio Spanish with Audio-lingual approach: a remarkable way to success in talking Spanish

Audio-lingual approach, a.k.a audio spanish was developed to correct some of the disadvantages of the direct method, and is a more effective way of learning than situational approach.

In audio spanish, a.k.a  audio-lingual approach students are taught Spanish directly, without using English and without any translation or grammar explanations, quite similarly to the direct method and immersion method. Unlike the direct method however, where learning Spanish is focused on learning common words and phrases, in audio-lingual approach the students are taught both grammar and vocabulary. In fact the new conception introduced, in comparison to the direct method, is the idea of teaching grammar in an accessible and easy way.

Description of audio  Spanish

  • The teacher introduces a sentence based on a certain grammar pattern and the students have to repeat it.
  • Then the sentence is enriched with a bunch of new words, while the grammar frame remains the same, and the students have to repeat all the newly formed sentences. Thus grammar and vocabulary are taught.
  • Grammar is taught in quite a smart and implicit way. It is not taught through explanations and instructions – all the rules are memorized because they are exercised immediately through the repetition of the relevant sentences.
  • Thus the any grammar drills are avoided and the process of memorization is much easier and less time consuming. 

Benefits of using audio Spanish:

  • This method is really very effective, especially for conversational Spanish. It allows you to speak practically all the time, except of course, when your teacher is talking. 

This resembles very much to lessons with a private tutor, which are acknowledged as one of the most effective ways for language learning, despite its significantly high cost. By the way, just imagine how many times you would hear your voice in a language study class based on a traditional study method, surrounded by a large number of classmates!

  • Compared to the direct method, the audio-lingual method has a clear advantage as it makes the whole training much more suitable for adults, since both Spanish vocabulary and grammar are taught at the same time.
  • This method matches perfectly to the idea of learning to speak Spanish through imitation. Moreover the specifics of the learning process allow paying much greater attention to the correct pronunciation, in comparison with both language immersion and situational approach. 
  • It could be recommended both for beginners and intermediate students.
  • Compared to the situational approach, all the drills and exercises related to practicing the freshly taught grammar and vocabulary (no matter how interesting the topic might have been) are lacking. What is more, in audio-lingual approach a much more decisive and a direct step is made towards implementing all the new material in real practice.
  • Nevertheless of the above mentioned “teacher”, the method is quire suitable for Spanish self-training. It is successfully embedded not only in Spanish audio programs but also in Spanish learning software tools, particularly in those with speech recognition capabilities.
  • Grammar is taught indirectly and implicitly. Moreover, it is not explained in English. 

Disadvantages of using audio spanish for learning Spanish effectively:

  • The idea of repetition could limit the students’ freedom and could leave for some time their communication skills in the target language underdeveloped. For many people the repetition of what the teacher has just said might appear kind of boring.
  • Some people could have certain trouble to switch to contextual Spanish learning, as they might have felt not quite well prepared. The advice is still in the beginning to combine the audio-lingual lesson with other activities – watching TV, listening to radio programs and music and even listening to people talking in Spanish.
  • English is still used, though not for explaining grammar. 

Recommended level for empoying audio spanish:

  • Beginners 
  • Intermediate 

A brilliant example of the audio spanish is the Pimsleur method developed and applied for a variety of languages. It’s a combination of highly effective techniques which help every Spanish learner not only “feel” Spanish language really fast but also give a solid base for further contextual learning.